Here are the top 33 tourist attractions to see in Kandy:

1. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

4.5 /5

27 km
from city center
1 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was launched to provide shelter and nourishment to abandoned, injured and maimed elephants. The ideology behind this project revolves around the care of abandoned baby elephants, who cannot survive without their mothers.

2. Arunalu Spice Garden

5 km
from city center
2 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Arunalu Spice Garden is one of the most popular spice gardens in Matale, Sri Lanka. Visitors have to pay a small entry fee to embark on an aromatic journey among the plantations and learn more about their cultivation. Relaxing massage packages are also available at the Arunalu Spice Garden for those who want to indulge in a calming experience.

3. Lucky Land Spice Garden

24 km
from city center
3 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

The Luckyland Spice Garden, located in Hingula, grows, cultivates and commercially sells spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pepper and cardamom. The special Sri Lankan curry powder produced with the organically grown spices is a good buy. Visitors can also see ornamental plants such as cocoa, saffron and sandalwood at the Luckyland Spice Garden.

4. Ranweli Spice Garden

5 km
from city center
4 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

The Ranweli Spice Garden located near Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden also provides a pick-up service available from Kandy to the Ranweli Spice Garden. They organize guided tours for visitors where the English-speaking guide explains the essentials of flavor generation and its history.

5. Sirilak Spice and Herbal Botanical Garden

33 km
from city center
5 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

The Sirilak Spice and Herbal Botanical Garden located in Matale houses various spice plants. In addition to witnessing these plants, visitors also learn more about their medicinal benefits through guided tours. There are shops inside the garden selling organic herbs and spices as well.

6. Giragama Tea Plantations

4.3 /5

10 km
from city center
6 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Sri Lanka and its tea plantations go hand in hand. In the central province of Sri Lanka stands Giragama Tea Plantation, a quaint village known for tea cultivation. Giragama was one of the first few plantations near Kandy, the heart of Sri Lanka.

7. Royal Spice Garden

32 km
from city center
7 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

You can explore the Royal Spice Garden in Matale to understand how the herbs and spices are grown and processed. Ayurvedic medicines for conditions such as diabetes are available at the Garden’s sales counter. Visitors must be cautious while purchasing using their debit/credit cards as card cloning fraud is a common worry in and around the place.

8. Temple of the Tooth

4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
8 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Sri Dalada Maligawa is the Sinhalese name for this holy shrine. Famously called Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, it is touted to be the most sacred Buddhist temple in the whole world. It houses the tooth of Buddha nestled in a golden chamber and is within the premises of the royal palace complex (formerly a princely state). Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is said that whichever state holds the tooth relic, maintains an essential place in the governance of the country.  

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9. Big Buddha - Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
9 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Sri Maha Bodhi Viharaya or Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha is a Theravada Buddhist temple atop a hill in Kandy. True to its name “Big Buddha” is known for being a powerful and giant Buddha statue that overlooks the princely state of Kandy. It shows Buddha taking the Dhyana Mudra position, which was how he attained enlightenment. A trip to the Big Buddha serves as a pilgrimage, adventure and overall soul-searching experience. 

10. Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

3.8 /5

5 km
from city center
10 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

he most prominent gardens in Sri Lanka, Royal Botanical Gardens are situated 5 km west of Kandy. Colourful orchids, pleasant winds, tall trees. and proximity with the Mahaweli river is a beautiful “flora and aqua” treat for the eyes. The gardens are home to more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. It is a 147 acre - natural elegance holding landscaped gardens and scenic beauty, making it a photographers dream.

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11. Spice Gardens

3.7 /5

4 km
from city center
11 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Known as the spice island, Sri Lanka has three famous spice gardens – Ranweli spice gardens in Kandy and Arunalu spice gardens in Matale and the New Ranweli Spice gardens in Kandy. The renowned spice gardens of Kandy and their exuberant quality lies in the fact that they are produced through organic farming and have received a fair trade certification.

12. World Buddhist Museum

3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
12 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

The International Buddhist Museum or World Buddhist Museum is the first of its kind in the world and is in the cultural and administrative capital of Sri Lanka Kandy. It is nestled in the complex that once served as the King’s residence along with the National Museum and Temple of the Tooth, hence its structure exhibits royalty, grandeur and elegance at its best. It compiles Buddhism, the extensive history of its teachings and depth of knowledge through scrolls, artefacts and souvenirs from all over the world. 

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13. Kandy Lake

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
13 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

The sea of Milk or Kiri Muhuda as it is dearly called by the people is an artificial lake bordering the Royal Palace and Royal Gardens. The lake corresponds to the monastery, royalty and overall culture and beliefs of the people; it has elements of historical importance associated with it as it. Boat rides on the lake is a fun way to spend an evening here. There are local boat operators who offer tours of Kandy Lake and thereby a view of the royal city and its natural scenic beauty.

14. Kandy View Point

0 km
from city center
14 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Visiting Sri Lanka's second largest city, Kandy and not exploring Kandy viewpoint will be a major miss. Located 1.7 KM from the main Kandy city, Kandy view point is regarded as the highest point in the city from where one can appreciate Kandy lake as if just below their feet and also the Dalada Maligawa Temple.

15. Hanthana Mountain Range

0 km
from city center
15 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Mountains have the power to uplift your spirits; a reason why mountains are the most sought after destinations for all kinds of tourists. One such spot in the heart of the island country, Sri Lanka is Hanthana mountain range. The spectacular view that you get of the entire Kandy city from Hanthana mountain range will keep you awestruck for your entire journey.

16. Royal Palace of Kandy

0 km
from city center
16 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Kandy’s legacy and heritage remains incomplete without getting a glimpse of the Royal Palace of Kandy, situated in the north to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Before British Colonialism overtook the Kandyan Kingdom, this was the last royal structure built in the heart of Kandy city by Vikramabahu III in the 14th century.

17. Lankatilaka Temple

84 km
from city center
17 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

The famous Lankatilaka temple of the Gampola period, attached with a rich history and incredible architecture, portrays the essence of Sri Lanka from the 14th century during the Gampola reign. It is located in Kandy near the Gadaladeniya Vihara Buddhist temple. The Lankatilaka temple was built on Panhalgala rock, a natural rock and has three sections - the Temple building (which has the Buddha Image house in the east and Temples of God in the west), the Stupa and the Bo tree. Various rock inscriptions in sinhalese and tamil can be found defining the history of the land and the temple.

18. National Museum of Kandy

0 km
from city center
18 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Sri Lankan history and heritage, which has come a long way over the decades, is rightly preserved in the National Museum in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Formerly known as Palle Vahala, the museum earlier used to serve as accommodation for royal guests.

19. Ceylon Tea Museum

0 km
from city center
19 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Among the many names given to this island country like Lanka, Lakdiva, Serendib, Sri Lanka was also named Ceylon - during British Colonialism - reminding us of the famous Ceylon tea that origins in Sri Lanka. Situated at Hantana, 3 KM away from main Kandy city, Ceylon Tea Museum was structured in 1925 as the former Hantana Tea factory. Later in 1998, this tea factory was converted into the famous Ceylon Tea Museum.

20. Maduru Oya National Park

0 km
from city center
20 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Maduru Oya National Park is home to the two main aspects of Sri Lanka’s tourism—plenty of diverse wildlife and fascinating Buddhist ruins. The park was established in 1983 and also shelters some members of the indigenous Vedda tribe. With a population numbering more than a hundred, Asian elephants are the best feature of this national park. Maduru Oya National Park is a serene location in the most real sense of the word—often, you might be the only tourists around, making it seem like a private tour of the country’s spectacular landscape and wildlife.

21. Knuckles Mountain Range

0 km
from city center
21 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Knuckles Mountain range is an unusual terrestrial landform located in Matale and Kandy, in Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name was given by the British, and the locals call this range 'Dumbara Kanduvetiya', which means mist-laden mountains. Knuckles Mountain Range is called so because of its uncanny resemblance to the fingers of a clenched fist. The range is a World Heritage Conservation Area and is relatively untouched. The range features 34 peaks, ranging between 900 metres to 2000 metres. Five of these mountain peaks make the formation of a clenched fist.

22. Galmaduwa Raja Maha Viharaya

0 km
from city center
22 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Galamaduwa Raja Maha Viharaya is an old temple located in the Kalapura Village in Kandy district in Sri Lanka, which is a good place to visit for history enthusiasts; especially those that like to explore uncrowded places.

23. Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Vihara

0 km
from city center
23 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Built in 1771 AD under the reign of King Rajadhi Rajasinha, Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Vihara is an old Buddhist rock temple located in the Kandy district in Sri Lanka.

24. Embekke Devale

0 km
from city center
24 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Founded by King Vikramabahu III between 1357-1374 AD, Embekka Devalaya is an ancient temple dedicated to the guardian deity Kataragama deviyo and the local deity Devatha Bandara of Sri Lanka.

25. Hunas Falls

0 km
from city center
25 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Hunnas Falls is tucked away in a small village that is located approximately 22 km from Kandy. Considered to be one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Kandy, Hunas Falls is also a popular honeymoon destination. The waterfall vicinity also houses multiple hotels that are easily accessible from Kandy.

26. Rathna Ella

0 km
from city center
26 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Located in Hasalaka, Rathna Ella is the 14th highest waterfall (111 meters) in the country. A popular trekking destination, visitors would have to undertake a 3-km trek along the water channel bracketed by lush green forests to reach the falls.

27. Asupini Ella Falls

0 km
from city center
27 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Asupini Ella located in Aranayake, Mawanella is 43 km from Kandy. Surrounded by thickets of greenery, this attraction provides a scenic view. As the road leading to the falls is in poor condition, it can be challenging to access Asupini Ella Falls at times.

28. Kadiyanlena Falls

0 km
from city center
28 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Situated 47 km from Kandy, Kadiyanalena Falls is approximately a 2-hour journey from Kandy.

29. Galboda Falls

0 km
from city center
29 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Located along the connecting railway lines between Colombo and Badulla, Galboda Falls is can be reached only via train as there is no proper developed road system.

30. Sudugala Falls

0 km
from city center
30 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Located 40 km away from Kandy, the Sudugala Falls is located on the Samanalagama Road in the Nawalapitiya area close to the Heightenford railway platform. Also known as Heightenford Falls and Galpoththa Ella Falls, the waterfall ends in a 2-feet deep wide shallow pool.

31. Saree Ella Waterfall

0 km
from city center
31 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Located in Gomara village, 30 km from Kandy, Saree Ella Waterfall is approximately an hour-long journey to reach. Resembling the pallu of a saree, this waterfall provides mesmerising views.

32. Jodu Ella Waterfall

0 km
from city center
32 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Located in Gomara, Jodu Ella Waterfall is approximately 36 km from Kandy. Also known as ‘Bambarella Knuckles falls’, this twin-falls have identical lengths of 45 meters and cascade simultaneously from both ends of the mountain into the Mahaweli River via Hulu Ganga River. A kilometer’s trek is needed to reach the falls.

33. Huluganga Falls

0 km
from city center
33 out of 33
places to visit in Kandy

Huluganaga falls is located in a rustic town of the same name. Situated 30kms away Kandy, the falls is approximately an hour to an hour and a half journey to reach.

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What are the top sightseeing places in Kandy?

The top sightseeing places in Kandy are Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Giragama Tea Plantations, Temple of the Tooth, Big Buddha - Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Spice Gardens.

What are the top hotels in Kandy?

There are 1019 Hotels in Kandy which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Kandy are Stone House, Kandy, Country House Hillside, Springhill Homestay, Riverine Cascade, Bungalow116 Lanka, The Cat House. You can see all the hotels in Kandy here

How can I commute within Kandy?

The best way to get around Kandy is on foot, tuk tuks, local buses or renting bikes.
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What are the top activities in Kandy?

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